Saturday, September 21, 2019

Italian Sausage booths do a brisk business during the annual #FeastofSanGennaro

Full video: https://youtu.be/fsn9seQPnEc

In our latest YouTube video: Feast Of San Gennaro Food Tour, we take a walk with our rescue dog @hudsonpittienyc through the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, which runs for 11 days along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets (it ends this Sunday, September 22nd).

• To see all of the #ItalianFood 🇮🇹 vendors from fried #zeppole , sausage and peppers 🌶 to cannolis and #torrone, as well as the games and rides that we stopped at during @sangennaronyc please subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Black Gold Records in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn is featured in our YouTube video, Brooklyn Food Tour, Vintage & Vinyl Records.

We go inside this record store which was founded in 2010 and go #cratedigging through stacks of #vinyl and look at the oddities lining the walls.

Full video: https://youtu.be/6Oay7gNcoW0 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Feast of San Gennaro Food Tour: Little Italy, NYC is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!



Full video: https://youtu.be/fsn9seQPnEc

We take a food tour through the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, the annual event which runs for 11 days along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets. The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest and most popular street fair in New York City anticipated to bring in one million tourists and New Yorkers this year.  The Feast dates back to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19th Feast observed back home in Italy. Zeppoles are one of the most popular Italian street desserts served at the Feast.

We visit many Zeppole or Italian doughnut holes stands, including Danny on the Corner zeppole stand on Mulberry at Grand Street.  We see the owner, Danny Fratta who has deep family roots in the Feast spanning back four generations, preparing and frying vats of fresh zepploes. Danny on the Corner is the sponsor of the First Annual Zeppole Eating Competition at the Feast.

We also visit torrone, Italian nougat candy stands including Vinny's Nut House Stand, where we watch the torrone being chopped using a hammer and knife. Torrone is a non-perishable Italian nougat candy made using large amounts of whole almonds and filberts.

We also visit many Italian sausage booths which do a brisk business during the Feast including Gigi's Grilled Italian Specialty Stand, NYC Famous Italian Sausages Stand and Lucy's Sausage Stand and watch as both sweet and hot varieties of Italian sausage are grilled and prepared with peppers and onions. The same owner who operates Gigi's Grilled Italian Specialty Stand also sells fried calzones, zeppoles and other fried treats directly across the street at Sophia's. Sophia's is the originator of the Fried Rainbow Cookie, a popular Feast item which when broken open reveals its colorful rainbow interior. We also watch as fried Oreos, another street fair favorite are being prepared. We even try this "Candy of the Feast" from Sophia's.

We stop by Ferrara's Original Cafe where live music and dancing was happening and the food stands run by Ferrara's along the Feast route, where we try their world famous cannolis. Ferrara’s is a sponsor of the annual Cannoli-eating Contest, which was held on Friday, September 13, 2019. This year’s winner, Wayne, downed 38 Ferrara cannolis in six minutes.Ferrara Bakery & Cafe was established in 1892 by Italian immigrants, Antonio Ferrara and Enrico Scoppa. Ferrara’s is considered America’s first espresso bar. The café later added Italian specialties including cannoli, sfogliatella and gelati to its menu.

We also visit Umberto's Clam House on Mulberry Street, which has been in business since 1972 and became famous for its celebrity clients and its signature clam dish with its hot red clam sauce.  Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known for its festive atmosphere, featuring Italian cuisine, carnival food favorites, religious processions, colorful parades, free live music and entertainment, rides for kids and adults, games and vendors.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Photography and food tour video (at the bottom of the article) from our visit to the Feast of San Gennaro Food Tour for 6sqft...

Full article with video: https://www.6sqft.com/take-a-food-tour-of-little-italys-feast-of-san-gennaro/

"Food, faith, family, and more food. The Feast of San Gennaro is in full swing, bringing the best of Italian cuisine and culture to a few blocks of Little Italy for 11 straight days. In its 93rd year, the Feast has evolved from its early 20th-century roots, as has the former immigrant enclave. Despite these changes, the Feast of San Gennaro remains one of the largest and most popular street fairs in New York City, as well as a way to preserve Italian American culture. Ahead, photographers and New Yorkers James and Karla Murray take us on a whirlwind food tour of the Feast of San Gennaro, from powdered sugar zeppoles and fried Oreos to Italian sausage and calzones."


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Feast of San Gennaro Food Tour: Little Italy, NYC is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!


We take a food tour through the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, the annual event which runs for 11 days along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets. The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest and most popular street fair in New York City anticipated to bring in one million tourists and New Yorkers this year.

The Feast dates back to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19th Feast observed back home in Italy.  Zeppoles are one of the most popular Italian street desserts served at the Feast. We visit many Zeppole or Italian doughnut holes stands, including Danny on the Corner zeppole stand on Mulberry at Grand Street.

We see the owner, Danny Fratta who has deep family roots in the Feast spanning back four generations, preparing and frying vats of fresh zepploes. Danny on the Corner is the sponsor of the First Annual Zeppole Eating Competition at the Feast, which will be held on Wednesday, September 18th 2019 at 1pm at the the Main Stage at Grand and Mott Streets. To sign up call 212-764-6330.

We also visit torrone, Italian nougat candy stands including Vinny's Nut House Stand, where we watch the torrone being chopped using a hammer and knife. Torrone is a non-perishable Italian nougat candy made using large amounts of whole almonds and filberts.

We also visit many Italian sausage booths which do a brisk business during the Feast including Gigi's Grilled Italian Specialty Stand, NYC Famous Italian Sausages Stand and Lucy's Sausage Stand and watch as both sweet and hot varieties of Italian sausage are grilled and prepared with peppers and onions.  The same owner who operates Gigi's Grilled Italian Specialty Stand also sells fried calzones, zeppoles and other fried treats directly across the street at Sophia's. Sophia's is the originator of the Fried Rainbow Cookie, a popular Feast item which when broken open reveals its colorful rainbow interior.  We also watch as fried Oreos, another street fair favorite are being prepared. We even try this "Candy of the Feast" from Sophia's.

We stop by Ferrara's Original Cafe where live music and dancing was happening and the food stands run by Ferrara's along the Feast route, where we try their world famous cannolis.  Ferrara’s is a sponsor of the annual Cannoli-eating Contest, which was held on Friday, September 13, 2019. This year’s winner, Wayne, downed 38 Ferrara cannolis in six minutes.Ferrara Bakery & Cafe was established in 1892 by Italian immigrants, Antonio Ferrara and Enrico Scoppa. Ferrara’s is considered America’s first espresso bar. The café later added Italian specialties including cannoli, sfogliatella and gelati to its menu.

We also visit Umberto's Clam House on Mulberry Street, which has been in business since 1972 and became famous for its celebrity clients and its signature clam dish with its hot red clam sauce.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known for its festive atmosphere, featuring Italian cuisine, carnival food favorites, religious processions, colorful parades, free live music and entertainment, rides for kids and adults, games and vendors.

We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store is one of the fantastic small independently-owned businesses in Carroll Gardens we visited in our latest YouTube episode: Brooklyn Food Tour, Vintage & Vinyl Records .

Full video: https://youtu.be/6Oay7gNcoW0 

This Italian Pork Store 🐷was founded in 1922 and is now run by 3rd-generation co-owners, brothers George and John Esposito. • To see the interior of this Pork Store 🐖butcher shop and see some of the Italian 🇮🇹specialties they serve and to see what delicious items we tried please subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio). We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Opening TONIGHT! Our new exhibition "CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS" is the front page news in today's AmNY newspaper.

Our photography and oral history exhibition at the Theater for the New City Gallery located at 155 First Avenue near 10th Street opens today with a FREE OPENING RECEPTION FROM 5-8:30 PM.

The exhibition is free to see (open every day from 10 am to 10pm) and is on display until October 27, 2019.

At the OPENING RECEPTION FREE BEER from Singha, FREE COLD BREW from Joe Coffee CompanyCompany and FREE PASTRIES & COOKIES from Veniero's Pasticceria will be provided!

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2019 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the East Village Community Coalition, James & Karla taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and to connect with the proprietors through personal interviews. 

Thank you so much amNewYork reporter Lisa L. Colangelo for the wonderful article!